On September 16, 2017 Dave Cady was awarded the Golden Service Award at the OUSA meeting. Below is an excerpt from Rob Reeves’ nomination letter.
“Dave founded our club in 1976 and continues to serve as Treasurer. Dave is an expert mapper, patient trainer, and tireless promoter of our sport. He still competes competitively in his age class and travels throughout the country and internationally to attend orienteering events, including to this year’s world championships and world junior championships.
Dave’s impact on orienteering can also be felt regionally and beyond. He has been a key part of all of our club’s A-meets, as well as our annual Ellicottville Adventure ROGAINE that attracts competitors from neighboring states and Canada. He has volunteered his expertise as a vetter and in other roles at many national meets sponsored by the neighboring Rochester Orienteering Club. He has consulted on mapping projects for ROC and in Canada. He heads up our own mapping committee and is personally responsible for bringing several new maps to fruition.
Dave is our founder, most dedicated and connection to the worldwide sport. He is the heart and soul of our club. We would, quite literally, be lost without him.”